Peters Valley Youth Art Programs
ART IN THE PARK!
Peters Valley Youth Art Program is designed to provide hands on opportunities to expose children to the relationship between art and nature within the beautiful Peters Valley Campus in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The Youth program for teens provides in-depth opportunities to develop skills and art work that maybe helpful in the development of; a portfolio for college applications, visual vocabulary, problem solving skills and passion for the arts.
Guided by certified teachers and art world professionals, young artists immerse themselves in the process of creating both individual and group prepared masterpieces.
Exposure to an eclectic mix of artistic mediums such as printmaking, drawing, clay, fibers, glass lampworking and more will inspire your child. Each session has a unique focus to provide your child with several options. Partnerships with working artists and with the National Park Service allow our teachers to develop one-of-a-kind projects for your child. Programs are customized for children ages 7-12 and youths ages 13-17.
PROGRAMS FOR AGES 7-12
Transforming what is Found with Textiles
with Janell Wysock
July 15-19 (Monday-Friday, 9:00-3:00pm)
This week is full of true skills each student will learn to help them think creatively about their immediate surroundings and tackle life's challenges and puzzles with positive "I can do" energy. We will learn the basics of crochet, weaving, rope making, and look at natural elements around us to uncover what is beautiful as well as what repetitive products we consume, creating waste in our smallest of daily choices. We will use plastic bags to create functional items and transform bottle caps into new objects that we will use more than the one time it served as a cover for our soda. Each student will choose from the many techniques they are introduced to and concentrate on what they are drawn to and come up with a final larger project they will be very proud to keep and use.
Inspired by Nature with Marguerite Fuller
July 22-26 (Monday – Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm)
This week, we will be spending a lot of time outdoors enjoying the beauty of the park. During walks outside, students will observe nature and talk about how we are connected to the animals and plants that we see. We will have a fun variety of projects to work on reflecting our theme, beginning with making natural paint and plant dyes. Students will design a t-shirt using stamps made from objects found in nature, and dye it with natural pigments. We will draw the animals and plants that we see outside, and each student will make a birdhouse or feeder for their favorite kind of bird. We will have a daily smaller project to get our creative juices flowing, such as weaving baskets from twigs and making a batik bookmark. This week's activities will provide a unique and fun approach to using natural objects to make art. We also take time to get to know one another and play games, and will be visited by a ranger from the National Park Service.
Working in Clay with Marguerite Fuller
July 29 - August 2 (Monday – Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm)
Students will have a great time getting their hands dirty this week while learning techniques that are the building blocks of working with clay. Pinching, coiling, rolling, cutting slabs and an introduction to the potter's wheel will keep us busy all week. We will work both with clay that is fired in a kiln, and with air-drying clay. Each project, such as a coil or pinch pot, will introduce a new technique to students. After learning the basics, new skills will culminate into a larger project. Our exciting projects include a cup with imprinted textures, a musical animal maraca, a carved whimsical lantern house, and a wall-hung mirror. Students will learn about where clay comes from, and how it has been used throughout history. We also take time to get to know one another, play games, and stretch outside, and will be visited by a ranger from the National Park Service.
Creative Glass with David Licata
July 5-7 (Friday-Sunday, 9am to 4pm)
Ever want to play with glass? This class will provide an introduction to sculpting glass rods over an oxy propane torch. Using borosilicate glass rods, students will learn the basics of creating small sculptures, marbles, pendants and components for larger sculptures. Students should come with some ideas in hand and all levels are welcome.
Weaving on the Loom with Janell Wysock
July 26-28 (Friday-Sunday, 9:00-4:00pm)
Come explore the rewarding and elusive process of making cloth from scratch. You will learn how to wind a warp, thread a loom and then weave threads and alternative materials into beautiful cloth. We will explore traditional techniques and also explore how to incorporate unexpected objects and that will show you how to up-cycle and transform materials. Be ready to set out on an exploration to unravel your personal connection to what we may formerly have simply disposed of as waste. Learn to see differently, discover the beauty, character or meaning that could be transformed to communicate a thought provoking visual expression while learning to weave.
Beginning Blacksmithing with David Ennis
Aug. 31-Sept. 1 (Saturday and Sunday, 9:00am-4:00pm)
In this workshop students will explore fire control, hammering techniques, and understanding what happens when steel is heated white hot then bent, twisted, hammered, punched and curved. Simple coal fire management will be taught and discussed. Everyone will create a small finished project. This is truly a hands-on adventure except the metal is too hot to touch! And - you get to take home the results, which will surprise you . . . and wow others!
No food or drink is provided. Students must bring their own lunch, drinks and snacks. Refrigeration is available. We encourage reusable containers!
Registration: In order to register your child we must gather completed registration and emergency information forms.
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Fax to 973-948-0011
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mail to Peters Valley Craft Center
Attention: Youth Art Program
19 Kuhn Road
Layton, NJ 07851
Except for a $25 cancellation fee, all fees are refundable if notice is given at least 14 days in advance of the session. No refunds will be made after that date. There will be no make-ups for missed days. Still have questions? Please don't hesitate to call us at 973-948-5200, or send an email to email@example.com